Why are ski bumps called moguls?

Updated: February 4, 2003, 12:35 PM ET
By By Answer Guy
Evelyn Valente, assistant manager, U.S. National Ski Hall of Fame and Museum: A mogul is a bump in the terrain. Right. And why isn't it called a bump? I have no idea.

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Allen Adler, national historian, U.S. Ski Association: Moguls are created by the constant turning of skis in the same places on the slopes. Over time, snow builds up into moguls. Yes. But why "moguls"? I always thought it was a play on words: Lumpy, intimidating snow bumps conjuring images of lumpy, intimidating businessmen. Harumph!